Conflict Management Programme

Conflict Management Programme (CMP)

Maintaining peace and security in Africa is a challenging endeavour which requires innovative approaches in responding to the changing nature of security threats. Conflict management requires that all actors, relations, tools and mechanisms are deployed towards avoiding, containing, and reducing conflicts.

Approaches to conflict resolution in the past have often been reactive rather than proactive. The emphasis has largely focused on responding to conflicts after they have erupted instead of trying to prevent them from escalating in the first place. The CMP programme targets local, regional and international initiatives aimed at preventing or resolving conflicts with the aid of appropriate tools or mechanisms.

The CMP contributes to empirical based research and training on conflict prevention, resolution and peacemaking strategies.

Its work is designed around two main thematic areas - the Conflict and Conflict Transformation Project and the Fragility and Resilience project.

The former analyses conflict issues, actors and their roles in conflicts in West Africa. It also examines conflicts, mediation efforts and peace processes of international organisations such as the African Union (AU) and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) interventions in conflicts as well as those of national governments and non-state actors.

The Fragility and Resilience project identifies some of the key sources of fragility in West Africa and explores frameworks of intervention to address these. It focuses on border management, weapons proliferation and mass atrocities and terrorism, and how these influence state fragility in West Africa. It further examines how states in the sub-region have built their resilience to withstand shocks to their security.


Projects

Strengthening Border Control Capacities against Extremism and Terrorism in West Africa and the Sahel: The project seeks to enhance the capacity of security sector personnel on Border Security Management with a special focus on extremism and terrorism. Accordingly, two courses have been ran for participants across West Africa in Accra, and for security sector actors in Mali, respectively.

Project on Conflict Mapping and Stress Resistance: A comprehensive study of four ECOWAS countries was undertaken to map out the sources of conflict and resilience in Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire in the Manor River Union, and Niger and Senegal in the Sahel region of West Africa. The reports from these country studies formed the basis for engaging the ECOWAS Commission and representatives of national governments from ECOWAS member states to re-ignite discussions on the development of national Infrastructures for Peace (I4Ps) in the sub-region. The project envisages further engagement with the ECOWAS Commission and other stakeholders to support and develop capacities for mediation in the region.

Improving Response Capacities to Terrorism in Peacekeeping Theatres in Africa:This project seeks to develop the capacities of peace support operations’ personnel to effectively respond to terrorism within their host nations. Towards this goal, the project will organise a policy level seminar to assess the status of terrorism prevention training for peacekeepers, conduct a scoping study on terrorism prevention components of police and troop contributing countries and develop guidelines and a course for preventing terrorism for peacekeepers and pilot this course.

Team
  • John Pokoo – Head of Programme
  • Afua Lamptey
  • Frank Okyere
  • Mustapha Abdallah
  • Serwaa Allotey-Pappoe